At the beginning there was a place – a tiny old house, at the end of the road, standing on top of a vineyard with a broad view over the green foothills of the Alps. It used to be a wine cellar, refurbished to become a holiday house of Ruth Grünberger, the homeowner, family living in the nearby Graz. She has spent her childhood there – and recalls that she has always planned to live in Steinberg. The old house stands in the middle of a protected zone, so the possibilities of an extension were limited not only by the steep site, but first of all by local regulations. It was not allowed for the extension to have a larger footprint and overwhelm the existing building.